Henry VIII married Catherine Howard, and it remains a Tudor jewel in Surrey’s crown to this day – even more so, following a multimillion pound renovation, making it fit for any king or queen. Interiors reflect the rich history and splendour of the hotel, its Italianate style and glistening chandeliers exuding decadence from the moment of arrival. All rooms are elegant, spacious and supremely comfortable – our favourites overlook Broadwater Lake and the simply magnificent grounds, which are protected for their special historic interest. The Mulberry restaurant has a similarly bucolic outlook, with far-reaching views over the Surrey countryside, while La Terrazza is the hotel’s newest addition, with a retractable roof and glass bi-folding doors that offer views over the lawns. What’s more, as one of the area’s most celebrated cocktail destinations, Bar 1509 takes you further into the night. With ten acres of gardens to explore, afternoon tea served daily, and a host of famous local attractions on offer, this is an ideal weekend retreat just a short drive from London.
Doubles from £109 B&B
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